Yesterday was a quiet day. We just got things done and didn’t stress it. Chores happened. Some sewing happened as I worked out the pattern for another of the snap-top pouches. Some embroidery happened on a pincushion that I can now cut out and sew up. …and I started another piece of embroidery that may even get some spangles! I also did some research and writing while Tempus was working on making another couple of batches of rolls and catching up on his mail.
Today we’re at the shop and open and have had several customers in. I just finished getting yesterday’s newsletter (the complete version) out. After I get this one done we have quite a lot of putting away to do, since Tempus has been to storage a couple of times. Sewing is this evening from 5-7pm.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Imbolc is the Greater Sabbat and Cross-Quarter Day for this time of year. Although some people place in on 2/2 (Groundhog Day) or 2/4 (when the Sun is at 15 degrees Aquarius) it is the feast of St. Bridget, who is a thinly disguised Christian version of the older goddess of fire, inspiration, crops and wells. More here: http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc , and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year#Imbolc and some more crafts, etc. here: http://voices.yahoo.com/free-printable-pagan-imbolc-activities-wiccan-sabbat-11972375.html
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/1 at 5:27pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/7 at 7:54am.
The waning gibbous Moon rises around the very end of twilight. Once the Moon is well up, look for Regulus to its upper right and Algieba farther to the Moon’s upper left. These are the brightest two stars in the Sickle of Leo >>.
Algol shines at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.3, for a couple hours centered on 11:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is sinking away low in the west-southwest after dark. Use our Uranus and Neptune finder charts.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 1 High 1:11 AM 7.8 7:34 AM Set 8:24 AM 99
~ 1 Low 6:47 AM 2.0 5:26 PM Rise 7:12 PM
~ 1 High 12:38 PM 9.3
~ 1 Low 7:28 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Breath, enjoy life and feel blessed that you are able to do so…
~ Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. – Rita Mae Brown
~ He who is not satisfied with himself will not grow. – Chinese Proverb
~ I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it. – Jonathan Winters
~ I get the facts, I study them patiently, I apply imagination. – Bernard Baruch
Maru Mori brought me
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft
as rabbits. – Pablo Neruda, Ode to My Socks(1904–73)
Magical Cream Puffs
for the puffs:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 4 eggs
Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Lower heat and add flour. Stir on low heat until batter forms a ball shape. Remove from the heat, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown at 375° F.
for the filling:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbs. cornstarch (ruled by the Sun; brings health and wealth)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbs. butter or margarine
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- confectioner’s sugar
In a saucepan, slowly bring sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a boil, stirring constantly until thick. Add milk and egg yolks and boil for 1 minute. Remove from head and add butter and vanilla. Let cool. Fill puffs with cream filling and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
Cheddar Dill Scones – From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sandra)
- 2 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp dill weed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 Cup butter or margarine
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/2 Cup half-and-half
Heat oven to 400 degrees. In medium bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT butter, eggs and half-and-half. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in eggs and half-and-half just until moistened. Turn dough onto lightlyfloured surface; knead until smooth (1 min.). Divide dough in half; roll each half into 8″ circle. Cut each circle into 8 pie-shapedwedges. Place 1″ apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Nun’s Ribbons and Lies
In Italy, everyone eats strips of sweetened, deep-fried dough called nastri delle surore or nuns’ ribbons during Carnival. These treats have regional names including bugie (lies) in Piednmont, chiacchiere (gossips) in Lombardy, chiacchiere di suora (nun’s gossip) in Parma, lattughe (lettuces) in Emilia-Romagna and cenci (rags and tatters) in Tuscany. In the sixteenth century in Venice, an author referred to them as fritelle piene di vento (fried treats full of wind). This recipe comes from Carol Field’s marvelous book, Celebrating Italy:
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1-1/2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1-1/2 T sugar
- scant 1 T liqueur (rum, cognac, grappe or Grand Marnier)
- 1 large egg
- Pinch salt
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1-1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 to 4 T milk
- 4 cups olive or sunflower oil
- confectioners sugar
By Hand: Set the flour in a mound in a large bowl or on a work surface and make a well in it. Set the butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla in the center and mix them together. Slowly incorporate them into the flour, a little at a time, adding whatever amount of milk is necessary to make a dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cover with a tea towel and leave 45 to 60 minutes.
By Mixer: In the mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, combine flour, butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla, adding enough milk to get a dough that is firm enough to roll out very fine. Cover with a tea towel for 45 to 60 minutes
With a rolling pin, roll the dough out very fine on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into ribbons about 4 to 5 inches long and 1 to 1-1/4 inches wide. In some places it is customary to tie a knot in the center or twist the ribbon twice and pinch it closed in the center. Elsewhere bakers cut the dough into rectangles and make two parallel short cuts in the center.
Heat oil in a heavy deep-sided frying pan to 350 and fry a few of the ribbons at a time—very, very quickly (20 seconds at the most). Drain on plates lined with paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
Silliness – Think About It – What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?